We partner with
exceptional teams
to tell their stories

Work we're proud of

WSJ

Forbes

Fortune

Insider

Fast Company

Inc.

TechCrunch

Bloomberg

Marketplace

Washington Post

CNBC

Cheddar

Yahoo!

WSJ

Forbes

Fortune

Insider

Fast Company

Inc.

TechCrunch

Bloomberg

Marketplace

Washington Post

CNBC

Cheddar

Yahoo!

“Hire CMAND, right now. Easily one of the best decisions I’ve made. They’re all action, no fluff. They’ll do the work to really understand your company and then get you the best press possible.”

Roxanne Petraeus
CEO and co-founder, Ethena

What We Do

Retained strategic comms

We run the full stack of earned comms — announcements, media relations, speaking, awards, thought leadership, op-eds, and podcasts — from strategy to execution

Media training

We'll equip your speaker bench with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively engage with the media and communicate their message with confidence

Content marketing

We're committed to positioning your brand as a leader in your industry by creating and promoting compelling content that highlights your expertise and unique POV

Launch projects

We love to partner with early-stage and more mature businesses to announce major milestones — from funding to acquisitions

Organic social media

We manage brands' social media footprint, delivering holistic strategy and execution from copy to graphics

effort should equate to outcomes

act like an owner

#KEepitmovin

effort should equate to outcomes

act like an owner

strategy + execution

effort should equate to outcomes — and drive the business forward.

Where we spike

Fintech

Frontier Tech

AI

Funds (VC + PE)

“Wouldn't be here without you. Will be sending every founder I mentor your way.”

David McDonough
CEO and founder, Commonstock (acquired by Yahoo! Finance)

Who we are

CMAND was founded in 2019 by Chelsea Allison and Meg Stinson, who first worked together as the inaugural Heads of Marketing and Communications at Plaid. Our approach combines the best of two models: the reach of a traditional PR agency, and the rigor and speed of early-stage operators.

Chelsea Allison
C0-Founder

Chelsea Allison

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Chelsea Allison

Chelsea co-founded CMAND after leading marketing at Plaid, which she joined after the Series A. She was also the first marketing hire at a security startup that was acquired by Barracuda. In prior lives, she worked at Vogue, where she wrote and edited pieces on art, food, and politics and fetched a lot of coffee. She started her career as an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo. Chelsea graduated from Duke, where she met her husband and served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. 

Helena Zarchan

Helena Zarchan

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Helena Zarchan

Helena has over 15 years’ experience in technology, healthcare and NGOs. Before joining CMAND, Helena was Head of Communications at Spotcap, a small business lender. She previously supported organisations such as HPE, Accenture, Vodafone, Huawei and Intel from the New York and London offices of Burson Cohn & Wolfe. Helena has a B.A. in Government from Harvard and lives with her family in The Bahamas. She loves sport, particularly tennis, and when she has time, enjoys reading a good book.

Sarah Ortmayer

Sarah Ortmayer

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Sarah Ortmayer

Sarah has spent a decade bringing brands to life on social media. She joined CMAND after leading social media for Kindred Bravely, and her experience spans both B2B and B2C. Her strategic approach ensures brands resonate powerfully across digital channels.  

Sasha Temerte

Sasha Temerte

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Sasha Temerte

Sasha joined CMAND as a communications strategist with a knack for storytelling. Her work in the operations and fraud departments of Synchrony and Ally Bank gives her an analytical POV on the intersection of business and technology. Most recently, she was a Global Media Fellow at Syracuse University’s Blackstone LaunchPad, where she mentored entrepreneurs and published features. She graduated from Syracuse with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. with distinction in Writing and Rhetoric.

Stephanie Chan

Stephanie Chan

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Stephanie Chan

Stephanie is a Bay Area native with over 15 years of experience leading corporate brand reputation, issues and crisis campaigns for Fortune 200 companies. She most recently managed privacy, security policy and business communications at Instagram. Stephanie lives in SF with her husband and one extremely opinionated toddler.

Co-Founder

Meg Stinson

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Meg Stinson

Meg co-founded CMAND after leading comms at Plaid. Before that, she was Director of Marketing and Communications at AltX, which was acquired by Addepar. Meg previously led comms and government affairs at some of the largest and most influential financial institutions in the world, including UBS, BNP Paribas, and JP Morgan Chase. Her experience spans the US, Canada, UK, and Latin America. She rowed crew at Penn. 

Ali Moore

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Ali Moore

Ali has spent most of her career leading strategic communications for emerging technology startups and venture capital firms across AI, healthcare, enterprise, developer tools, and fintech. Her career started in the newsroom at PBS NewsHour, then Fox News Channel. She made her foray into comms at a leading public affairs firm in Washington where she ran media initiatives for Fortune 500s before heading to Silicon Valley – and never looked back. Ali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Intl Relations and Journalism from the George Washington University.

Caty Bleyleben

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Caty Bleyleben

Before joining CMAND, Caty was the Director of Communications at Front, a Sequoia-backed software startup. Previously, she was a VP of media strategy at Inkhouse, where she supported fast-growing companies in SaaS, cybersecurity, consumer tech, venture capital and CSR. Before that, Caty was the first PR and marketing hire for an angel-backed healthcare startup. She began her career with Edelman in Hong Kong, working with a broad range of clients including Hewlett-Packard, Symantec and Microsoft.

Maya Pattison

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Maya Pattison

Maya's career blends deep PR agency experience with in-house brand and communications leadership at multiple fast-growing global tech companies, where she always pushed the limits in the name of transformation. Over the past 15+ years, Maya has stood up and scaled new functions in public relations, analyst relations, content marketing, and customer marketing, mentored top-performing talent, and built trusted brands that created entirely new categories. When not working, you can usually find Maya curled up with a book or behind a camera.

Tsephell Choegyal

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Tsephell Choegyal

Tsephell joins CMAND with a proven track record of driving impactful change through strategic communication. With a background in public affairs, her passion for crafting compelling narratives is sharpened by her instinct to mobilize. Campaigns of the electoral, legislative, and social media kind have made her a trusted advocate for constituents and clients alike (endorsed by Congress and Spotify, respectively). Tsephell’s penchant for creative problem-solving and experience as an AI trainer drew her to the dynamism of the start-up world. Tsephell surveyed Politics courses at both Pomona and Pitzer College, with a minor in Asian Studies.

Jill Harding

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Jill Harding

Jill spent more than a decade producing and reporting on business and policy for Yahoo Finance, CBSN, Reuters, and CNBC. She has produced dozens of live field shoots on the sidelines of the G8, World Economic Forum, UN General Assembly, and IMF Annual Meetings. She was also previously the senior producer for public programs at the US Chamber of Commerce. Jill began her career in CNN's Washington bureau supporting The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and writing for the politics desk. 

Katie Dolan

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Katie Dolan

Before joining CMAND, Katie was deputy national communications director for Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign. More recently, she has supported major brands including Levi’s, Google Cloud, and Coinbase, as well as start-ups like Maven Clinic and Drivewealth. Katie earned a bachelor of science in physics and political science with an honors concentration in American Catholic studies from Fordham University. Once upon a time, she was on a Netflix game show.

Hikari Swim

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Hikari Swim

Hikari brings over a decade of expertise in graphic and web design to CMAND. Hikari has been recognized as an Adobe Design Achievement Award semi-finalist and certified Shopify Expert. She lives in Nova Scotia.

Sandra Chu

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Sandra Chu

Sandra was previously head of corporate, policy, and safety communications at Reddit and Global Head of Security and Risk Communications at Visa. Earlier, she worked on campaigns doing opposition research. She lives in San Francisco with her family. 

Riley Burns

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Riley Burns

Riley joined CMAND after working with the likes of Google Cloud, Menlo Ventures, TurboTax, and Coinbase. She was twice responsible for spearheading Google Cloud’s annual flagship conference that included managing the company’s overall news strategy and coordination of 100+ global media onsite. While much of her career has been in enterprise tech, Riley is especially passionate about advising startup founders on their media and content strategies. Riley received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Journalism and lives in San Francisco.

Co-Founder

Meg Stinson

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Meg Stinson

Meg co-founded CMAND after leading comms at Plaid. Before that, she was Director of Marketing and Communications at AltX, which was acquired by Addepar. Meg previously led comms and government affairs at some of the largest and most influential financial institutions in the world, including UBS, BNP Paribas, and JP Morgan Chase. Her experience spans the US, Canada, UK, and Latin America. She rowed crew at Penn. 

C0-Founder

Chelsea Allison

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Chelsea Allison

Chelsea co-founded CMAND after leading marketing at Plaid, which she joined after the Series A. She was also the first marketing hire at a security startup that was acquired by Barracuda. In prior lives, she worked at Vogue, where she wrote and edited pieces on art, food, and politics and fetched a lot of coffee. She started her career as an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo. Chelsea graduated from Duke, where she met her husband and served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. 

Ali Moore

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Ali Moore

Ali has spent most of her career leading strategic communications for emerging technology startups and venture capital firms across AI, healthcare, enterprise, developer tools, and fintech. Her career started in the newsroom at PBS NewsHour, then Fox News Channel. She made her foray into comms at a leading public affairs firm in Washington where she ran media initiatives for Fortune 500s before heading to Silicon Valley – and never looked back. Ali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Intl Relations and Journalism from the George Washington University.

Caty Bleyleben

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Caty Bleyleben

Before joining CMAND, Caty was the Director of Communications at Front, a Sequoia-backed software startup. Previously, she was a VP of media strategy at Inkhouse, where she supported fast-growing companies in SaaS, cybersecurity, consumer tech, venture capital and CSR. Before that, Caty was the first PR and marketing hire for an angel-backed healthcare startup. She began her career with Edelman in Hong Kong, working with a broad range of clients including Hewlett-Packard, Symantec and Microsoft.

Helena Zarchan

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Helena Zarchan

Helena has over 15 years’ experience in technology, healthcare and NGOs. Before joining CMAND, Helena was Head of Communications at Spotcap, a small business lender. She previously supported organisations such as HPE, Accenture, Vodafone, Huawei and Intel from the New York and London offices of Burson Cohn & Wolfe. Helena has a B.A. in Government from Harvard and lives with her family in The Bahamas. She loves sport, particularly tennis, and when she has time, enjoys reading a good book.

Hikari Swim

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Hikari Swim

Hikari brings over a decade of expertise in graphic and web design to CMAND. Hikari has been recognized as an Adobe Design Achievement Award semi-finalist and certified Shopify Expert. She lives in Nova Scotia.

Jill Harding

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Jill Harding

Jill spent more than a decade producing and reporting on business and policy for Yahoo Finance, CBSN, Reuters, and CNBC. She has produced dozens of live field shoots on the sidelines of the G8, World Economic Forum, UN General Assembly, and IMF Annual Meetings. She was also previously the senior producer for public programs at the US Chamber of Commerce. Jill began her career in CNN's Washington bureau supporting The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and writing for the politics desk. 

Katie Dolan

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Katie Dolan

Before joining CMAND, Katie was deputy national communications director for Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign. More recently, she has supported major brands including Levi’s, Google Cloud, and Coinbase, as well as start-ups like Maven Clinic and Drivewealth. Katie earned a bachelor of science in physics and political science with an honors concentration in American Catholic studies from Fordham University. Once upon a time, she was on a Netflix game show.

Maya Pattison

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Maya Pattison

Maya's career blends deep PR agency experience with in-house brand and communications leadership at multiple fast-growing global tech companies, where she always pushed the limits in the name of transformation. Over the past 15+ years, Maya has stood up and scaled new functions in public relations, analyst relations, content marketing, and customer marketing, mentored top-performing talent, and built trusted brands that created entirely new categories. When not working, you can usually find Maya curled up with a book or behind a camera.

Riley Burns

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Riley Burns

Riley joined CMAND after working with the likes of Google Cloud, Menlo Ventures, TurboTax, and Coinbase. She was twice responsible for spearheading Google Cloud’s annual flagship conference that included managing the company’s overall news strategy and coordination of 100+ global media onsite. While much of her career has been in enterprise tech, Riley is especially passionate about advising startup founders on their media and content strategies. Riley received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Journalism and lives in San Francisco.

Sandra Chu

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Sandra Chu

Sandra was previously head of corporate, policy, and safety communications at Reddit and Global Head of Security and Risk Communications at Visa. Earlier, she worked on campaigns doing opposition research. She lives in San Francisco with her family. 

Sarah Ortmayer

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Sarah Ortmayer

Sarah has spent a decade bringing brands to life on social media. She joined CMAND after leading social media for Kindred Bravely, and her experience spans both B2B and B2C. Her strategic approach ensures brands resonate powerfully across digital channels.  

Sasha Temerte

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Sasha Temerte

Sasha joined CMAND as a communications strategist with a knack for storytelling. Her work in the operations and fraud departments of Synchrony and Ally Bank gives her an analytical POV on the intersection of business and technology. Most recently, she was a Global Media Fellow at Syracuse University’s Blackstone LaunchPad, where she mentored entrepreneurs and published features. She graduated from Syracuse with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. with distinction in Writing and Rhetoric.

Stephanie Chan

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LinkedIn

Stephanie Chan

Stephanie is a Bay Area native with over 15 years of experience leading corporate brand reputation, issues and crisis campaigns for Fortune 200 companies. She most recently managed privacy, security policy and business communications at Instagram. Stephanie lives in SF with her husband and one extremely opinionated toddler.

Tsephell Choegyal

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Tsephell Choegyal

Tsephell joins CMAND with a proven track record of driving impactful change through strategic communication. With a background in public affairs, her passion for crafting compelling narratives is sharpened by her instinct to mobilize. Campaigns of the electoral, legislative, and social media kind have made her a trusted advocate for constituents and clients alike (endorsed by Congress and Spotify, respectively). Tsephell’s penchant for creative problem-solving and experience as an AI trainer drew her to the dynamism of the start-up world. Tsephell surveyed Politics courses at both Pomona and Pitzer College, with a minor in Asian Studies.